A blog by Ms. Claudia Rodarte, English and Religion Departments
November 6, 2016 was no ordinary Sunday. It was St. John of God’s Christmas Boutique and my event to run as PTO Parent. After weeks of planning, the day had arrived. The excitement and hopes for a successful fundraiser were palpable. Indeed, it turned out to be quite successful. We raised enough money to support St. John of God’s STEM and Decathlon Programs! Yet, as fantastic as that may be it wasn’t quite extraordinary yet.
After all, people serve all the time! What made the day extraordinary were the women that were there and their deep rooted desire to support a community – my community. My mother, sisters, friends and St. John of God moms came together to support St. John of God and to support me. Extraordinary was seeing my daughter sell her
hand-made bows and headbands so she could donate her proceeds to charity. Extraordinary – finding support in Alverno ladies – ladies who woke up at 6:00 a.m. and drove to Norwalk to help their teacher with her service project. Extraordinary – catching up with my own 8th grade teacher and having the opportunity to share with my daughter and my Alverno girls how remarkable and inspirational Ms. Rausch was in my vocation journey. Extraordinary – seeing generations upon generations of women coming together to serve. I felt blessed. Blessed to be surrounded by women who inspire me to learn, teach, serve, and be grateful each day.
Ms. Claudia Rodarte is a member of the English and Theology Departments at Alverno Heights Academy. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education with a minor in English from Mount St. Mary’s University, a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Mount St. Mary’s University, and a Cleared California Teaching Credential in English. This is her second year teaching at Alverno Heights Academy and she currently teaches English 9 Honors, American Literature Honors, Theology 9, and Study Skills. Ms. Rodarte is also the co-moderator for the Freshman State.